BOND COUNTY BOARD TO MEET AGAIN FRIDAY
The Bond County Board met Tuesday night. One item on the agenda was the litigation over the new redistricting maps. No action was taken to approve the settlement because the lawyers in the case have not drafted a document. The board hopes to have that information in time for a special meeting Friday, at 5:00 p.m. Health insurance was another topic of discussion. Currently in Bond County, appointed and elected officials receive health care coverage for their families at no extra charge, but if county employees wish to add their families to health insurance coverage they are required to pay for it. If appointed and elected officials were required to pay for family coverage it could save the county up to $60,000.00 according to board member Tom DeVore. The change could be in place for the next appointed county official which is likely to be the new Supervisor of Assessments. Applications are being accepted by contacting board chairperson Brock Willeford or at the County Clerk’s Office. Applications and resumes are due by January 13.
BASS MOLLETT HOUSE TORN DOWN
Approximately 40 people gathered around the perimeter of the Bass Mollett House Wednesday night to watch the passing of a piece of Greenville history. The 119 year-old building came down almost completely in one day. Bulldozers pushed and pulled on the building, leaving clouds of dust and debris in the air. Greenville College announced earlier this month they intended to tear down the building, along with Archer Hall. The college owned the Bass Mollett house for more than 20 years.
MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES 2012 TAX LEVY
Monday night, the Mulberry Grove Board of Education adopted a 2012 tax levy with a six percent increase over 2011. Superintendent Mike Gauch explained that although there is a six percent increase, the total increase over funds received in 2011 is less than five percent due to abatement of $112,000.00 in bond funds. The total tax levy for 2012 is approximately $66,000.00 more than in 2011 for a total of $1,157,962.00.
Superintendent Gauch reported a healthy balance in the education fund. The district made a $191,000.00 bond payment and loaned $32,000.00 to the transportation fund.
Seven teachers representing the elementary, junior high, and high school presented information on applications of I-pads in their classrooms. Following a closed session, the board asked Superintendent Gauch to create a cost sheet for I-pad technology in limited classrooms by determining costs per unit and to set up monthly meetings to discuss concerns in technology repair requests.
Security cameras have been installed and wired and should be operational after Christmas vacation.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m.